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Take Me Home Infant Shirt

By: Jill Green of Homemade by Jill

This wonderful project comes to us compliments of Jill Green of Homemade by Jill. She features loads of creative sewing tutorials at her blog for kids and grown-ups. In this project, she spruces up the basic kimono-style infant shirt for a spring-inspired shirt. Using just ric rac and buttons, a basic infant snap shirt can be transformed into a boutique-quality “take-me-home” tee.

Ric Rac Infant Shirt


  • 1 newborn sized kimono style snap shirt
  • 1 yard ¼ inch wide ric rac
  • 2 buttons

Project time:
Half hour or less



  1. Unsnap the shirt and pin the ric rac in place, following the line of the existing seam. Leave approximately one inch overhang on each end.

    Ric Rac Infant Shirt 2
  2. Fold the ends of the ric rac around the bottom shirt hem and line up with the inside seam. Topstitch over ric rac, backstitching at the beginning and end. The topstitch should catch the folded-over ric rac to hold it in place inside the shirt.
  3. Sew buttons on top of the front two snaps, sewing through the center of the snap. When the button is secure, tie the knot behind the button on the outside of the shirt (not inside in the center of the snap opening).

    Ric Rac Infant Shirt

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Easy way to make a real quick baby shower gift or something to bring baby home with. Anyone can make this. this tutorial for the Ric-Rac infant shirt is so quick to make by using purchased shirts and even buy some pants to put the ric-rac on for a matching set. You can even buy a pretty patch to put on or do some embroidery. Makes a great gift and it is handmade by you.

lizzardc If you look atthe pictures closely (particularly the bottom picture) you can see the printed Gerber logo on the inside at the back of the collar. It looks like this is just a way to dress up any infant shirt, handmade or purchased. I'd imagine on a long sleved version, you could add trim to the sleeve cuffs as well.

Looks to me that any size shirt can be used. You adjust the amount of trim needed to fit the shirt. What a great way to use up your trim scraps stash!!! And this came at just the right grandson coming in Feb.

What pattern was used for this shirt? It looks like it would be good for premies.


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